The thing about a sketchbook is that you should do it at the same time as the project, documenting the decisions you’re making so you can go back in future years and revisit techniques and development of ideas. But I find that, although I am going through the process of noting things down and exploring techniques, I hardly ever do it in my sketchbook…. so I end up with all these scraps of paper in my bag or by my bed or pinned around the shed that I eventually gather together and make some semblance of. So that is what I’ve been doing.

Sketchbook in its current state.

Sketchbook in its current state.

I love collecting everything together and getting them organised. It fulfils a deep sense of order that doesn’t really feature in my life in most areas!!! (You should see the mess my shed is currently in, and our house come to think of it!) but usually this process happens at the end of the project rather than towards the end of the project, and in doing this, by revisiting everything at this stage, it’s made me wonder a little more about the pieces.

One of the aims of the brief was that they needed to look unfinished, unfinished in a way of suggesting that there is more to come. I personally think they look too finished and I may well need to work back into the background of the pieces. I know through looking online at the Birmingham Vineyard site that there have been discussions regarding how the church goes forward in each of these key areas, and these have brought out potential ideas and themes that need exploring. If I could suggest, some how, these areas of consideration, these emotional desires of the church, that would be a kind of stepping stone from the initial vision of the church to the current day. The key verse, Jeremiah 29 needs to be more visible but the other words could be more sketchy. Time to experiment some more me thinks……

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